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Old 10-04-2016, 21:35   #581
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Is WordPress more than just a blogging site these days?

My other half is looking into redoing a local community site so that it is easier to manage. She has all the required images/files etc but not the HTML know how.

It is about a 20 page site but has a members only area ( which lets members access a downloads area). A future feature they want is the ability to take membership fees online.

Is that possible with WP? And, if so, is it just a case of installing it and a responsive theme, then entering the content?
I'm part of a communtiy group in Herne Bay and I use Wordpress for our website, it works well for us, I use a responsive theme called 'X Theme', which I find quite easy.

www.baypromoteam.co.uk, www.scifibythesea.co.uk and www.hernebayairshow.co.uk (all effectively the same site, just different pages).

I don't use a membership plugin, but there are so many plugins available, I'm sure you'll have found one within minutes.
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Old 11-04-2016, 11:42   #582
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£45 is steep for a quarter, when you can get Vidahost for £20 a year. The hosting company obviously loves customers like these ... easy money!
Depends on what else you get for that money ... just hosting, or site maintenance too? I host websites for customers, but do their maintenance too, which is what they pay for essentially. Maybe find a similar company - a cheaper maintenance company. It doesn't matter what its built in then.
I am not sure what maintenance they get for their £45 but I imagine it is simply of the "help - the site is not available" type and updating of the content. Long term, switching to WP should negate the need for the content update part and I assume most providers - such as Vidahost - provide the "site is not available" type support.

Then again the people who 'own' the current site are dealing with a company/individual who claimed "the site had to be moved to a different 'platform' as it irretrievably crashed on the 'platform' it was previously on due to 'some of the plugins hadn't been updated correctly'". I have worked in the industry for nigh on 20+ years and even I don't really understand what that statement actually means or how the last part is even possible
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Old 11-04-2016, 12:17   #583
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Yes, the site maintenance and 'where has our site gone?!' requests. I've built sites for people and watched them crumble as people add blank pages, pages that don't link properly, half built pages, etc. For some people, its easy to maintain a site but others just don't have the time.

Wordpress plugins (and others) can spin off and chew up server resources massively. I used a gallery plugin (NextGEN I think) but the directory it was pointing to had a couple of TIFs in there which I'd just blindly copied in there. Apaprently it couldn't cope, gobbled up memory, CPU, etc and caused problems. There are loads of reports of plugins using old versions of javascript libraries which are easily exploitable. If a website host detected these old versions and deleted them, the website would keel over. It can be quicker for someone to rebuild the site from scratch than find an alternative plugin and rebuild the broken pages (I had to move a site from the above NextGen to a different gallery... 23,000 images ... took ages!)
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Old 14-04-2016, 09:36   #584
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As a freelancer trying to eke out a living, £45/quarter really is so little - plugin/WP updates, site backups, answering occasional email queries, raising/chasing the invoice. Your hourly rate will likely be so low it's probably not worth bothering with other than as a favour, or with the future prospect of upselling extra services.

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Old 09-05-2016, 11:17   #585
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Just a nod that Wordpress recently updated to 4.5.2. Most of my sites updated automatically, but some didn't, so worth checking. Obviously, as with any update, I'd recommend a backup. I recommend UpdraftPlus, which not only backs up the files but also the database. It can keep x copies, backs up automatically (ie, a schedule) which is handy and either stores them on the server or emails you. Its also free!
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Old 03-06-2016, 16:53   #586
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Google launch a tool to check your website's speed and mobile friendliness.

https://testmysite.thinkwithgoogle.com/

The likes of Google and Facebook are really pushing speed / loasding times.

I got:

Mobile Friendliness - 99/100
Mobile Speed - 53/100
Desktop Speed - 64/100

They'll send you a report on how you can improve things via email or there are some tips below your scores.

I have a pretty image-heavy front page. Seems to suggests some caching / compression which I'll have to investigate. Plug-ins?
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:35   #587
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There are many plugins which create static HTML pages from Wordpress pages, which speeds things up immensely. wp-cache is one of the main ones which works quite well. Ensure you have regular backups though, as these caches can sometimes interfere with other plugins, totally breaking a site.
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I'm planning on making a Wordpress driven site for a youth team I help run. Is Vidahost still recommended by most people as the best place to go with?
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Old 26-06-2016, 17:47   #589
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I'm planning on making a Wordpress driven site for a youth team I help run. Is Vidahost still recommended by most people as the best place to go with?
I've got over 100 sites hosted with Vidahosts and to be honest never had a problem with them at all.
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Old 26-06-2016, 19:15   #590
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They're not the cheapest, if you dig around, but in terms of support and 'speed', they are pretty good, so well worth the money in that respect.
Would thoroughly recommend them.
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Old 26-06-2016, 19:28   #591
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The forums used to do a discount code. If that's no longer the case, I've got one. 10% off or something.
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Thanks for the feedback chaps. Sounds like I hoped, they're still great. I've used them before and had no problems and in fact pretty great service. Just wanted to check they still had that reputation.
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Just in the process of setting up a new online shop thankfully. We have a logo, colour scheme, have selected a wordpress template, have the domain name and hosting etc all sorted. Does anybody know of a person who would basically do the theme updates for us now? i.e. getting the colour scheme consistent throughout, setting up the home page, product catalogue links in the right colours etc - we then just need to put the donkey work in updating the actual content.

I don't think its much work for someone who knows what they're doing, but seems to be very fiddly and time consuming for someone who's learning as they go.

Any ideas?
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... getting the colour scheme consistent throughout, setting up the home page, product catalogue links in the right colours ...
You can get started with this yourself v.easily in the WP Customizer.

However, if you're using WooCommerce for your products, I find this can be a real faff as theme integration isn't usually so good (maybe OK in a dedicated premium theme ?)

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Old 18-08-2016, 05:56   #596
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Just a nod that Wordpress has been updated to 4.6, so if you run a wodge of sites, it'll be update time! Some of mine have updated, and some haven't.
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Just a nod that Wordpress has been updated to 4.6, so if you run a wodge of sites, it'll be update time! Some of mine have updated, and some haven't.
Yeah, I spotted that yesterday. PITA some do it automatically and some don't, likewise plugins etc. I have Jetpack on them all and that is very hit and miss.
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Just a nod that Wordpress has been updated to 4.6, so if you run a wodge of sites, it'll be update time! Some of mine have updated, and some haven't.
all mine updated automatically. Guess i'm the lucky one
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...and now my sites are getting attacked more (or I'm now getting notified more!!)


These damn bots seem to get around any plugin I put in place, eg, CAPTCHA on the login screens, etc.
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Can anyone confirm if the following is an issue with the hosting company or the actual WordPress website:

Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 536870912 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 71 bytes) in /home/*******/public_html/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 2349

I'm sure this has come up before and it was a case of asking the host company to do something with PHP but I can't quite remember and this website is being hosted my a clients choice of hosting company.

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